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Andy Murray wins Rogers Cup final

The 22-year-old from Scotland defeats Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-1, and moves to No. 2 in the ATP Tour rankings.

August 17, 2009|Associated Press

Andy Murray took the court to face Juan Martin Del Potro knowing no matter what the result of the Rogers Cup final at Montreal, he would be soon be ranked No. 2 in the world.

Not satisfied having reached that goal, Murray withstood his toughest test of the tournament and defeated Del Potro, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-1, Sunday.

"I love winning tournaments; it's great, and every player will tell you the same thing," Murray said.

"But it's tough because I've never been to No. 2 in the world before, so that's new to me. I've won a couple of Masters Series [events] now, and it still feels great. But getting to No. 2, maybe because it's something different it means a little bit more."

The 22-year-old from Scotland was assured before the final of leapfrogging Rafael Nadal into the second spot when the ATP Tour rankings are released today. The victory gave Murray an additional 400 ranking points to get him to 9,250, compared with 11,040 for No. 1 Roger Federer and 8,665 for Nadal.

The third-seeded Murray matched his career best from last season with his fifth tournament win of the year and improved his record to 11-4 against top-10 players this season.

Del Potro, from Argentina, was looking for his second straight tournament victory after winning in Washington a week earlier. He squandered an opportunity to jump past Andy Roddick into fifth in the world rankings.

Jelena Jankovic ended her tumble from the top of the rankings by knocking off No. 1 Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-2, to win the Cincinnati Open at Mason, Ohio.

The Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open was only the Serb's second title of the year. She'll move up a spot to No. 4 when next week's rankings come out.

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BASEBALL

Wright might miss rest of the season

New York Mets slugger David Wright was released from a hospital and put on the disabled list Sunday, one day after he was hit square on the helmet by a 94-mph fastball from San Francisco's Matt Cain.

When asked whether Wright could miss the rest of the season, New York Manager Jerry Manuel said it's "a possibility" depending on how further tests come out. The club put Wright on the 15-day DL after a 3-2 victory over the Giants.

Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said the All-Star third baseman was examined by a neurologist Saturday night and again Sunday morning before being sent home. Wright still had a headache and was experiencing "post-concussion symptoms," Horwitz said.

Wright was hit just above the ear hole by a pitch from Cain in the fourth inning, sending his batting helmet flying into the air and him sprawling to the ground.

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ETC.

Angle charged with HGH possession

Pro wrestler and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle has been arrested on charges of possessing a human growth hormone and violating an order of protection in suburban Pittsburgh.

Angle was arrested about 7:50 a.m. Saturday in a Robinson Township strip mall parking lot. His girlfriend, who said she obtained a protection order about 1 1/2 hours earlier after the two fought Friday night, alleged that he had circled the lot staring at her as she sat in a coffee shop, according to a police affidavit.

Police said they found the human growth hormone Hygetropin in Angle's car, and the wrestler told them he had a prescription. He also told officers he had not seen the woman and was looking for a hotel because he was barred from his home.

Angle, 40, was charged with violating the order of protection, harassment, possession of drugs and paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. He posted bail and is scheduled to appear for a hearing Tuesday on the drug and harassment charges and Wednesday on the charge of violating the protection order, a court clerk said.

Drew Livingston, the 2009 NCAA one-meter diving champion from Texas, earned his first national title, winning the senior men's platform at the U.S. Summer Diving Championships at the Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.

Livingston entered the final round of competition nine-tenths of a point behind nine-time national champion Thomas Finchum. Both attempted the same dive in the last round, a back 2 1/2 somersault with 2 1/2 twists, and Livingston outscored Finchum for the crown.

Kelci Bryant, a 2008 Olympian, won the senior women's three-meter springboard championship.

Magical Fantasy rallied from seventh to win the Grade I, $350,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar.

Ridden by Alex Solis for trainer Paddy Gallagher, Magical Fantasy sat seventh in the field of nine for most of the race, moved up to fifth at the top of the stretch and rallied four-wide to beat Gotta Have Her by a length, covering 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1:47.17.

Western Kentucky incoming freshman Terrence Boyd has been released from the Hilltoppers basketball team.

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